Drug and Poison Information Center

Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty9
Number of Joint Appointment Faculty4
Number of Support Personnel148
Direct Annual Grant Support$334,659
Peer Reviewed Publications2

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Other Students71
Outpatient Encounters119,105

Division Photo

Drug and Poison Information Center

Row 1: A Behrman, G Tsipis, E Chaffin, S Goertemoeller

Row 2: E Nelson, E Otten, T Carson, J Scaglione

Row 3: G Galletta, E Siegel, J Schmees, R Goetz, S Yin, D Petersen

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

Protecting the Public            

With 27 certified specialists in poison information and 51 staff certified in national incident management systems, our Drug and Poison Information Center is one of the largest in the country. Our Center serves 20 Ohio counties with a combined population of 3.7 million. Our Center regularly collaborates with county, regional and statewide medical response and disaster preparedness programs. In July 2012, the Center acted as the 24-hour Disease Reporting Line for the World Choir games. Our Health Alert Network sent alert faxes to 60 regional hospitals on subjects ranging from blue green algae in local rivers to fentanyl contaminated heroin. The Center's Pharmacovigilance Medical Communication Unit continues to gather and evaluate safety data on public health issues such as poisoning, water quality, common household detergents, alcohol sanitizers and terrorism preparedness.

Community Outreach and Education

Our Center continued to promote healthy drug-free lifestyles to youth, parents and communities. Our staff includes prevention specialists, health educators, pharmacists, other health care professionals and law enforcement officers working as positive role models. Last year, more than 27,000 people in Hamilton County benefitted from services including delinquency and violence prevention issues among African-American youth populations. Our Center also was significantly involved in Police Chief James Craig's Children in Trauma Intervention Camp. As a founding member, we also continue to support the People of Color Wellness Alliance Coalition and the Grassroots Urban Mobilization Benefitting Ohio initiatives to respond to health disparities and wellness issues prevalent among minorities in Hamilton County. Through multiple newsletters, blogs and websites our Center was active in lay and professional education about poison hazards.

Research Highlights

Pharmacovigilance/Medical Communication Unit

The Center's special Pharmacovigilance and Medical Communication Units interfacing safety surveillance with the drug industry continues to show significant growth. Services include Medical Communications, Adverse Event Collection and Patient Management, Product Complaint and Quality Management, Safety-related protocol development, Technical and Customer Support. Plans are in place for adding a Safety and Medcom Database. In addition, real time web "chat" services are offered for the retail pharmacy industry.

Division Publications

Drug and Poison Information Center Publications

  1. Wang GS, Yin S, Shear B, Heard K. Severe poisoning after accidental pediatric ingestion of glycol ethers. Pediatrics. 2012; 130:e1026-9.
  2. Yin S, Ho M. Monitoring a toxicological outbreak using Internet search query data. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012; 50:818-22.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

Shan Yin, MD, Assistant Professor
Leadership DPIC Executive Medical Director
Research Interests Child Abuse via Poisoning or Medication Admin
Earl G. Siegel, PharmD, Adjunct
Leadership DPIC Director
Research Interests Inhalant abuse and substance abuse and poison control prevention
Jon Colvin, RN, MS, Adjunct
Leadership Asst. Director
Research Interests Threat Assessment and Public Health
Robert Goetz, PharmD, Adjunct
Research Interests Drug information, toxicology and CYP 450
Eljorn Don Nelson, PharmD, Adjunct
Research Interests Substance abuse pharmacology
Marsha Polk, HPT, Instructor
Leadership Associate Director
Research Interests Community prevention, wellness issues and health disparities
Jan Scaglione, PharmD, Adjunct
Research Interests Substance abuse epidemiology and toxicology
G. Randall Bond, MD, Professor
Leadership DPIC Medical Director
Research Interests Acetaminophen and Pediatric Cold Medicine Toxicity and Drug Abuse
Jeffrey Schmees, BS Pharm, Adjunct
Leadership Managing Director PVMC
Research Interests Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Drug Safety

Joint Appointment Faculty Members

Edward Otten, MD, Professor (Emergency Medicine)
Research Interests Toxicology and toxinology
Curtis Snook, MD, Associate Professor (Emergency Medicine (VA))
Research Interests Disaster preparedness and toxicology
Dan Petersen, Ph. D, Adjunct (College of Medicine (UC))
Research Interests Plants, Environmental Toxins; Metabolism
Leslie Dye, MD, Adjunct (Emerg Med. Clinton County)
Research Interests Medical Toxicology

Division Collaboration

Emergency Medicine; » Drs. Michael Gittelman/Wendy Pomerantz and
injury prevention curriculum and CCIC
Employee Health » Terri Thrasher, RN, MSN
Injury Reporting on 803 Ouchline
Research Foundation » Eileen King, PhD
Clinical Safety and Pharmacovilance

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Drug and Poison Information Center Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct

Polk, M

People of Color Wellness Alliance
H79SP01466909/30/08-09/29/13$125,000

Siegel, E

Poison Control Stabilization and Enhancement Program
H4BHS1546809/01/09-08/31/14$209,659
Current Year Direct$334,659
Total$334,659